Lodges

Grootbos Forest Lodge

Paradise on Africa's southern edge, where whales and dolphins play

Grootbos Forest Lodge

Fragrant fynbos and a dense forest of milkwood trees surround five-star Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a tranquil sanctuary overlooking the wide sweep of Walker Bay, where sharks roam offshore and whales visit annually to mate and calve. The strictest of critics would have difficulty finding fault with Forest Lodge, one of three accommodation options here. The rooms cater for your every need, the food is fabulous, the service is charming and the views are second to none. Grootbos may not be the cheapest of lodges, but you're guaranteed to leave feeling calm and refreshed.

At the lodge

The hotel

The main building has a 1970s vibe, with high reeded ceilings, huge windows, wooden floors and chairs placed carefully to take in the views. There's a large dining area, with a menu of locally farmed meat, the freshest of fish, and fruit and vegetables from the hotel’s Growing the Future project – whereby produce is purchased from local women growers. The chef makes the best Eggs Benedict! There's an excellent wine cellar and a wooden deck with a pool, loungers and firepit.

The rooms

Sixteen separate brick-and-timber suites are reached via paved pathways that snake through the forest. Each has spacious lounge with a cosy wood-fire heater, which is lit while you're at dinner on cold winter evenings, a separate bedroom with a romantically draped four-poster bed and a bathroom with a large tub set against the windows (your privacy is ensured!) to catch the views. The rooms are indubitably luxurious – some even have a private pool.

On safari

Experiences

Walk through the forest and fynbos on your own or with a knowledgeable local guide who has been trained on one of Grootbos Foundation's amazing community development projects. Visit the cliffs at nearby De Kelders and the Klipgat cave, one of the earliest sites of human habitation. Visit the nearby villages of Gansbaai and Hermanus, go whale-watching or shark-cage diving (only for the very brave) or sit on your veranda to soak in the peace and the views.

When to go

Hermanus by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Dry

April

Season: Dry

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Wet

July

Season: Wet

August

Season: Wet

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Dry

December

Season: Dry

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